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UPDATE: Dewey is home: Lost parrot found at Lee Hedges Stadium

Posted: Updated: Nov 24, 2013 01:39 PM
Captured: Leslie Dews says Dewey appears to be none the worse for wear, after spending 24 hours out in the cold. (Source: Randa Harkness) Captured: Leslie Dews says Dewey appears to be none the worse for wear, after spending 24 hours out in the cold. (Source: Randa Harkness)
Randa Harkness and her husband spotted Dewey at Lee Hedges Stadium Saturday and managed to capture him. (Source: Randa Harkness) Randa Harkness and her husband spotted Dewey at Lee Hedges Stadium Saturday and managed to capture him. (Source: Randa Harkness)
Dewey is an African Grey parrot who will respond to his name. (Source: Leslie Baker Dews/Facebook Dewey is an African Grey parrot who will respond to his name. (Source: Leslie Baker Dews/Facebook
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

 

A Broadmoor Terrace bird is home, safe and sound, after spending 24 hours in the cold.

"Dewey," the Dews family's African Grey parrot, got out around noon Saturday when someone opened the door to let the family dogs out.

The family was particularly concerned about Dewey because of the cold weather, as African Greys are not built to withstand temperatures lower than 65 degrees.

Temperatures in Shreveport dipped down as low as 32 degrees overnight Saturday.

Dewey survived the night, however, and was spotted less than a mile away at Lee Hedges Stadium late Sunday morning. Randa Harkness and her husband Chris say they saw the bird on another woman's shoulder. The woman told them she didn't know whose bird it was, and the Harnesses assumed it belong to a family who lost their parrot about a month ago. But before they could check, the bird took off again.

Determined to bring the bird home to whoever it belonged to, Randa Harkness says they followed it to the parking lot of Hobby Lobby nearby and eventually coaxed it down from atop the Stage building with shiny objects. By checking the bird's tag number, they found that it was not the bird that's been missing for a month, and heard about Dewey. The connection was made, followed by a very happy reunion by midday Sunday.

"We're just glad we were able to find him," says Randa Harkness.

Leslie Dews says Dewey is fine and "actually acts like nothing happened!"

Leslie Dews says Dewey has an extensive vocabulary, but as far as how he survived the night out in the cold or where he went, he's not talking.

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